Average wage in state

tops $65,000 in 2018

Washington’s average annual wage grew by 5.5 percent in 2018 to $65,301, according to the state Employment Security Department.

It’s the largest percentage increase year over year since 2006, the department reported.

The average weekly wage rose from $1,190 in 2017 to $1,255 in 2018. These figures include only those wages that are covered by unemployment insurance, according to ESD.

Much of the increase was driven by an 8 percent increase in total earnings, which grew by nearly $15.8 billion in 2018. Overall, the average number of workers in Washington covered by unemployment insurance grew by just over 75,840 in 2018.

The industries with the largest average wage growth in 2018 were retail trade, up 16.9 percent; information, up 13.1 percent; and professional, scientific and technical services, up 9.7 percent.

Council reappoints members

to Lodging Tax Advisory Committee

The Anacortes City Council reappointed all Lodging Tax Advisory Committee members to another term Monday.

City Councilman Matt Miller is chairman. Members are Pam Audette, Mark Lione, Karla Locke, Russ Olivier, Erik Schorr and Andy Stewart.

The City of Anacortes collects a tax on the furnishing of lodging by hotels and motels. In accordance with state law, the committee — also known as the LTAC — determines how lodging tax revenue is spent on tourism marketing, on promoting special events and festivals, and on supporting public- and nonprofit-owned tourism-related facilities.

Pet Place Market opens

on Ninth and Commercial

Pet Place Market has opened at 1005 Ninth St., the second location for the self-service dog wash and pet supply store. Pet Place Market’s original store is located in North Bend, where it was founded in April 2007.

The store offers supplies for dogs and cats, as well as fish, reptiles, birds and chickens. The self-wash features all-natural pet shampoos, flea treatments, skin conditioners and spa products.

“My family has been here for 20 years. We’re part of the community and we love it,” co-owner Amy Hawkins said of opening a store in Anacortes. “North Bend is similar to Anacortes, with a great small-community feel. We love the water and Anacortes has been part of our lives for a long time.”

Co-owner Chris Creighton said the store’s products include organic chicken feed; cedar oil-based flea and tick treatments; and all-natural and dehydrated chews and bully sticks.

“If it’s something we wouldn’t feed our own pets, it doesn’t go on our shelves,” he said.

SeaBear hosts

‘Business After Hours’

SeaBear Smokehouse, 605 30th St., hosts the next Anacortes Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday. SeaBear smokes, prepares and markets wild salmon, crab, shellfish and other seafood.

RSVP by calling 360-293-7911 or visit anacortes.org.

— Send business news to Richard Walker, rwalker@goanacortes.com

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